Ralph Hasenhuttl brought in Salisu to Southampton from Real Valladolid for a fee of around £10.9m in the summer. The Saints manager had been keen to bolster his defensive options and try to improve their record after only the bottom five clubs shipped more than them last term.
Salisu’s return to fitness on track
Salisu has so far been unable to make his Southampton debut, having been tasked with working on his fitness before becoming available for selection. He has been recovering from an injury he sustained during the closing stages of last season at Real Valladolid.
The 21-year-old had been anticipated by Hasenhuttl to have a chance of being involved in the first team squad after the international break, as per Hampshire Live. The Southampton manager labelled him as an ‘important’ signing with a ‘great amount of potential’ when he arrived in the summer.
The centre-back has now made his return to full training over the international break, with Hasenhuttl now set to decide whether to include him in his squad against Chelsea after seeing the defender in action this week, as per Hampshire Live.
Salisu could bring real quality to Southampton backline
The 21-year-old seems a very exciting addition for Southampton and he could have a major impact for them when he is given the chance to feature. Salisu enjoyed an encouraging season last year with Real Valladolid, averaging an impressive five clearances and 1.3 successful tackles per game (via Sofascore).
The Ghanaian’s form was instrumental in helping his side record nine clean sheets, while his 81% passing accuracy per game shows his composure playing out from the back (via Sofascore). If he can develop his game and adapt to the Premier League, the Saints should have a quality player on their hands.
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